On Theft: An Anarchist POV

There is a valuable piece at boingboing.net about an anarchist group’s view of crime and punishment.

The Firestorm Bookstore Co-op is an anarchist enterprise in Asheville, North Carolina.  Their storefront was recently broken into and $150 stolen from the cash register. The damage to the store added $450 to the loss.  Their reaction?

“No, we didn’t call the police. There really isn’t anything law enforcement could do for us that we couldn’t do ourselves and if someone is desperate enough to risk their freedom for $150, maybe we’ve all failed them. It’s tough feeling vulnerable, and seeing our storefront broken open brought up a lot of emotions, including anger — but incarceration is not justice and punishment can only multiply harm.”

Worth thinking about.

 

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